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Average Salary for University of Idaho Alumni

When it comes to ROI, the University of Idaho, a public research school located in Moscow, Idaho, with around 10,000 students, ranks in the top 22 percent of universities — students enjoy incredible value for their tuition dollars. The figures in this rundown were provided by UI alumni who took the PayScale salary questionnaire.

Overall College ROI Rank

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ROI Rank for Public (In-State) Universities

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Mid-Career Salary Rank for State School

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Typical Early Career Salary

University of Idaho Alumni

Median Salary by Job

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are the gross, national median (50th percentile). Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Mechanical Engineer
11 salaries
Electrical Engineer
9 salaries
Design Architect
6 salaries
Intern Architect
6 salaries
Software Engineer
6 salaries
Operations Manager
6 salaries
Project Engineer
6 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 14 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 462
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University of Idaho Details

875 Perimeter Drive
Moscow, ID 83844-2282

University of Idaho College of Law


State Schools, Research Universities, For Sports Fans

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Graduates of the UI go into the manufacturing industry, the engineering services industry, and the health care industry, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. A large chunk of former UI students are employed in the architectural services industry; in fact, this is the most popular job sector for this population. Starting salaries of $64K are common among UI grads.


After graduation, women go on to earn an average of about $58K per year compared to men, who earn $75K.


UI grads who become Operations Managers are compensated well above average — these folks are top-earners among their graduating class, usually making around $85K yearly. Also notably well-paid are Software Engineers and Project Engineers; their salaries approach $77K and $75K, respectively. Intern Architects get the short end of the stick when it comes to salary, where grads report making an average of approximately $40K in this job.


Many UI grads end up living in Boise, deeming it the most popular city for former students of this school. Idaho Falls is another hot spot for UI grads, where salaries rank at the top of the pay scale (compensation averages out to $87K). On the other hand, UI alumni who end up in Pullman receive the lowest median salaries of approximately $59K. Graduates also relocate to Seattle and Spokane.


The highest paychecks can be found at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc., where some UI grads go to work for pay averaging about $60K. UI employs a large portion of its recent grads, deeming it the most popular employer of former students. The institution's popularity is somewhat unexpected considering its weak paychecks, bringing in the lowest median salary at around $38K.

Degree Major

A graduate with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Mechanical Engineering (ME) from UI can rake in a whopping $101K per year, more than any other degree from this school. Ranking last in the compensation department are those holding a Master of Architecture (MArch) — their annual income amounts to $44K on average.


Former Vandals with Leadership abilities can expect to make 22 percent more than their former classmates ($78K). Roughly a fifth of UI grads wind up using Project Management at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. In addition, those who are savvy in Microsoft Office, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Excel are also considered highly skilled.

Benefits and Perks

Only about half of the alumni enjoy paid vacation and one in three grads receive sick leave. A strong majority of grads save for retirement through a 401(k) plan. It is no small feat that a solid majority of alumni are given health coverage, and a fair portion of former students accept dental insurance. Other benefits that University of Idaho alumni receive are life insurance, a casual working environment, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Texas Tech University grads bring in salaries of around approximately $64K, making them the most similar to UI alumni in terms of earnings. The Utah State University, the University of Wyoming, and the University of Nevada-Reno are also similar to UI.

Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores 1430 1780
ACT Scores 20 26

Key Stats

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Less than 1 year
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5-9 years
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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
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$33,430 - $83,556
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